Internet Explodes Over Trump’s “Covfefe” Tweet

The apparent gaffe stayed up for six hours.

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Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to publish the following message: “Despite the negative press covfefe.”

There was no follow-up tweet to finish the president’s half-sentence thought, nor did any deletion of the apparent misspelling of “coverage” occur for another six, long hours. Meanwhile, the internet jumped to skewer Trump’s latest gaffe:

Never missing a beat, conservative Twitter also leaped in to provide the following back-flip defenses of the president:

After briefly poking fun at himself for the typo, Trump on Wednesday continued to use Twitter to deflect allegations of collusion between his associates and Russia.

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